This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct, monitor and evaluate group exercise sessions, with or without music. It requires the ability to plan the selection, sequencing and progression of exercises and appropriate music to ensure safe participation in activities. This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - plan, instruct and evaluate at least five group exercise sessions; - conduct sessions that individually or cumulatively incorporate: pre-session instructions; safe and effective instructional techniques; modification of exercise options to meet individual needs; music to match participant needs; - monitor exercise intensity during every session using at least one of the following methods: heart rate response; perceived rate of exertion; talk test, and; - use the following communication skills: clear verbal communication; modelling and demonstration; use motivational techniques.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislative and regulatory requirements regarding group exercise sessions and group circuit sessions; - organisational policies and procedures; - benefits of group exercise sessions; - contraindications and precautions to participation in selected group exercise session, and suitable modification options for participants where the safety of the participant is not compromised; - industry accepted guidelines and recommendations for determining contra-indications and precautions; - potentially harmful practices to be avoided; - intervention strategies; - variations to group exercise sessions; - phases of group exercise sessions; - function and safety of equipment suitable for group exercise to music; - motivational techniques relevant to group exercise sessions; - current industry guidelines relevant to group exercise sessions; - principles of exercise program design; - industry recognised repertoire for targeting cardiovascular, strength and conditioning and flexibility goals; - the use of music in a group exercise to music session; - realistic timings of original choreography for sessions, or parts of sessions, and sequencing of choreography to suit session type; - safe and effective exercises and combinations of exercises in group sessions to suit the needs of beginners, intermediate and advanced participants, and; - group management techniques to assist individuals within the group to achieve desired outcomes.

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